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The arms of love

I went to the funeral home last night
to see a friend whose life was entwined with mine.
Someone once told me
that if you want to know the truth about a person’s life
go to their funeral.

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Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace; it gives us birth,
To each and everyone;
This precious gift of life to live;
This race for us to run.

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Topics: Aging, Arts and Music, and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Life Celebration (funeral). Resource Types: Hymns.

The Doorway

As our lives tread onward, we find ourselves on the Earth side of a “door”
Mortality certain to face us, we wonder what’s beyond –what is the “more?”

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Topics: Aging, Spiritual Exploration & Practice, and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons and Life Celebration (funeral). Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

Memorial Prayer

A recent memorial service for a much-loved artist in our church ended with a poem and a prayer. The poem was “When Death Comes” by Mary Oliver,

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Topics: Aging, Prayer, and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Life Celebration (funeral). Resource Types: Prayers.

Funeral Conversations

I want to share four different stories that made it clear to me why involving those who gather to celebrate the life of one who has died is so important.

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Funeral Liturgy

Greetings ladies and gentlemen. I’m X and I welcome you to the Y Chapel as we gather as an expression of our love, respect and regard for N.
We come to mourn and to honour her/him. To lay to rest her/his mortal body and support one another as we grieve.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Life Celebration (funeral). Resource Types: Full Service Liturgies.

The Geology of Love

It was carved with hand tools on a rough slab of native red rock: “Marcelito L. Baca – murio a la edad de 17 dias (died at the age of 17 days) – 1919”. It was planted …

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We Remember Them

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
We remember them.


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Youth Suicide

I am really struggling with my faith today, A boy near us has killed himself.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love. Seasons & Special Events: Life Celebration (funeral). Ages: All Ages. Resource Types: Prayers.

“Always With Us” Litany

Those who cared for, nurtured and protected us
All: They are always with us

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love. Seasons & Special Events: Life Celebration (funeral). Resource Types: Readings.

Ritual of Remembrance

A ritual of remembrance drawn from many traditions.

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